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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/14/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



WASHINGTON (10-14-0-1, 21 pts.) at CAROLINA (15-9-0-1, 31 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/14/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
7WASHINGTON+145Ov 5.5,-110+145Ov 5.5,-105
8CAROLINA-165Un 5.5,-110-165Un 5.5,-115
WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-15-0-6.110-15-6.110-132.827.63.031.6
Team Stats (Road Games)3-8-0-4.73-8-4.75-62.527.53.534.4
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.92-3-0.93-12.826.23.434.8
vs. Division6-3-0+2.66-3+2.65-43.730.02.632.9
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)25691920282069110.0%842125.0%124
Team Stats (Road Games)11288811103039.2%36822.2%51
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5145441013110.7%15320.0%28
Team Stats (vs. Division)9331010121027012.2%26934.6%61
Stats Against (All Games) 76223122117899.6%972323.7%131
Stats Against (Road Games) 391014141037810.3%531426.4%67
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 17656011749.8%15426.7%28
Stats Against (vs. Division) 23878012967.8%31516.1%37
WASHINGTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)21595491.5%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)181753848990.9%29-8+0.99-8-008-7
BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)7620618388.8%03-3+0.43-3-003-3
BRADEN HOLTBY (vs. Division)9929527392.5%26-3+2.66-3-0+25-4
BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)4411710791.5%02-2+0.12-2-002-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)8719117089.0%01-6-61-6-0-61-6
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)4411310290.3%00-4-4.10-4-0-41-3
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)43837489.2%00-3-3.70-3-0-41-2

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-10-0+4.715-10+4.714-
Team Stats (Home Games)7-5-0+17-5+18-43.432.72.930.7
Last 5 Games4-1-0+34-1+33-23.830.62.432.8
vs. Division3-5-0-3.23-5-3.24-42.533.63.129.9
CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2579173427178139.7%941212.8%130
Team Stats (Home Games)12411021100239310.4%4748.5%67
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5196940215312.4%15213.3%32
Team Stats (vs. Division)820776012697.4%2813.6%31
Stats Against (All Games) 69261527117888.8%921920.7%117
Stats Against (Home Games) 3511519013689.5%45613.3%57
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12318001647.3%14214.3%19
Stats Against (vs. Division) 25104110023910.5%26519.2%40
CAROLINA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
DAN ELLIS (All Games)8721619992.1%14-3+1.24-3-0+14-3
DAN ELLIS (Home Games)4412912093.0%13-1+1.93-1-0+22-2
DAN ELLIS (vs. Division)32736589.0%00-2-2.20-2-0-22-0
DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)4311710690.6%02-1+0.92-1-0+12-1
JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)33948792.6%02-1+12-1-0+12-1
JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)22686189.7%01-1-0.11-1-002-0
JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)112626100.0%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)33948792.6%02-1+12-1-0+12-1
CAM WARD (All Games)171547743390.8%29-6+2.69-6-0+28-7
CAM WARD (Home Games)6617015289.4%03-3-0.83-3-0-14-2
CAM WARD (vs. Division)6514012387.9%12-3-22-3-0-22-3
CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)4410610094.3%13-1+2.23-1-0+21-3
Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 2.95,  CAROLINA 2.86
2/17/2013at NY RANGERS1-2L0, +160L5.5 unU
2/21/2013NEW JERSEY2-3L0, +100L5 ovP
2/23/2013NEW JERSEY5-1W0, +100W5 ovO
2/26/2013CAROLINA3-0W0, -140W5.5 unU
2/27/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-4L0, +130L6 unU
3/2/2013at WINNIPEG3-0W0, +120W5.5 unU
3/5/2013BOSTON4-3W0, +130W5.5 unO
3/7/2013FLORIDA7-1W0, -160W5 ovO
3/9/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-5L0, +105L5.5 ovO
3/10/2013NY RANGERS1-4L0, -105L5 ovP
3/12/2013CAROLINA0-4L0, -110L5.5 unU
3/14/2013at CAROLINA 
3/16/2013at BOSTON 
3/19/2013at PITTSBURGH 
3/21/2013at WINNIPEG 
3/22/2013at WINNIPEG 
3/24/2013at NY RANGERS 

CAROLINA - Schedule
2/18/2013at MONTREAL0-3L0, +110L5.5 unU
2/21/2013WINNIPEG3-4L0, -140L5.5 unO
2/23/2013TAMPA BAY2-5L0, -110L6 evO
2/24/2013at NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, +110W5.5 ovO
2/26/2013at WASHINGTON0-3L0, +120L5.5 unU
2/28/2013PITTSBURGH4-1W0, +120W5.5 ovU
3/2/2013FLORIDA6-2W0, -160W5.5 unO
3/3/2013at FLORIDA3-2W0, -145W5.5 evU
3/5/2013BUFFALO4-3W0, -135W5.5 unO
3/7/2013MONTREAL2-4L0, -105L5.5 unO
3/9/2013NEW JERSEY6-3W0, -140W5.5 unO
3/12/2013at WASHINGTON4-0W0, -110W5.5 unU
3/16/2013at TAMPA BAY 
3/18/2013at NY RANGERS 
3/21/2013NEW JERSEY 

LAST SEASON: 42-32-8, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in Eastern Conference semifinals.

COACH: Adam Oates, 1st season with Capitals; 1st overall in NHL.

ADDED: C Mike Ribeiro, RW Eric Fehr, LW Wojtek Wolski.

LOST: RW Alexander Semin, G Tomas Vokoun, RW Mike Knuble, D Dennis Wideman.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Ovechkin. Something less than Alexander the Great the past two seasons, the Capitals' captain will be the key to how far Washington goes this season. There's been talk of shifting him from left wing to right wing in a bid to get him back to the form that earned two league MVP awards.

OUTLOOK: Under first-time head coach Oates, the Capitals will try to find the proper balance between the all-out, go-go style and sit-back-and-play-defense style they shifted between under past coaches Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter. For all the talent on Washington's roster, the team has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs with Ovechkin.


LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.

COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.

ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.

LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.

PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.

OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Capitals-Hurricanes Preview* =============================


Washington (10-14-1) at Carolina (15-9-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT

After dominating the slumping Washington Capitals in the opener of this home-and-home set, the Carolina Hurricanes have a chance to make another big statement Thursday night.

The first-place Hurricanes try to hand the visiting Capitals a season-worst fourth consecutive regulation loss as these Southeast Division rivals square off again.

Carolina (15-9-1) has outscored opponents 29-15 during a 6-1-0 stretch and kept things going Tuesday with a 4-0 victory in the nation's capital. Riley Nash scored twice, Patrick Dwyer added a goal and an assist and Justin Peters turned away 26 shots to post his second career shutout versus Washington (10-14-1).

"You can't take anything for granted," coach Kirk Muller told the Hurricanes' official website. "That was one of our strongest 60-minute performances this year, and in a big game, that's great. We've done a really good job staying focused."

Carolina, which outshot the Capitals 36-26, has outscored them 16-6 while taking four of five in the series. The Hurricanes can move 12 points ahead of Washington with a regulation win in this game.

"You want to try and create space there," said Peters, who is 3-1-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average lifetime versus the Capitals. "We were focused on (Tuesday), coming in here and trying to do that. We've got to regroup now and try and have the same mindset coming into Thursday."

Washington had won eight of 11 before getting outscored 13-3 during an 0-3-0 skid. The Capitals last suffered four straight regulation defeats Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2011.

"We were on a pretty good roll there and then we lose three in a row and we feel like we are right back to where we were," said forward Eric Fehr, who's gone pointless during the losing streak.

"We've just go to work that much harder to get back in the division, and obviously it starts (Thursday) against the same team. We've just got to find a way to score a goal early on them."

The Capitals, who are 7-1-0 when Fehr has at least one point, find themselves in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, seven points behind the eighth and final postseason berth.

"Just embarrassing, I think," center Nicklas Backstrom said. "Our effort is not good enough. Especially if you're going to hunt that playoff spot, you can't play like this."

Alex Ovechkin has also gone pointless during the skid and was held without a shot Tuesday for just the second time this season. It also happened in a 3-0 win over Carolina on Feb. 26.

"I think if you watched them play (Tuesday), it seems like they're missing maybe some confidence," defenseman Joe Corvo said after scoring his fourth goal. "They're struggling a little bit."

Washington is 2-9-1 when Ovechkin fails to record a point. He has notched just one assist over the last five matchups versus Carolina and hasn't scored in his last nine.

Backup Michal Neuvirth, who is 1-4-1 with a 3.05 GAA in seven starts this season, is expected to start this game. He's 3-0-1 with a 1.95 GAA over his last four starts against the Hurricanes, last facing them March 6, 2012.

Neuvirth could be in for a long night with defensemen John Erskine (upper body) still sidelined and Mike Green (groin) unlikely to return. Tom Poti (upper body) could also be held out again.

Last Updated: 1/17/2019 12:47:20 AM EST

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